This exceptionally beautiful species is the sole representative of the genus Lamprichthys and the largest member of the subfamily Aplocheilichthyinae. It is a streamlined fish with a series of lines of small, metallic-blue scales that are particularly resplendent in reflected light. It can prove challenging to keep in peak condition.
- Lake Tanganyika (Africa).
- Up to 5in (13cm).
- Active shoaler.
- Livefoods preferred, but other formulations also accepted.
- Spacious and covered, with some plant thickets and ample open swimming space. At least one group of rocks or blocks of bogwood should be placed closely together to provide crevices. Top-quality alkaline medium-hard to hard water is important. Temperature range: 72-77 F (22-25C).
- Eggs are generally deposited in cracks or crevices in rocks or bogwood and are best left to develop in the dark for over a week.